Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour
Become an Alaskan Dog Musher for a Day
Departing from Skagway's glacially carved coastline, you will ride over the coastal mountain range through the White Pass Summit Area known as the Tormented Valley. And here begins the adventure of a lifetime: the Yukon Dog Musher Adventure Tour in Skagway.
Making your way across the northwest corner of British Columbia and into the southwest corner of the Yukon, you will savor majestic mountain vistas, pristine lakes, and crisp, clean air. A photo stop will be made at Emerald Lake before traveling on to Caribou Crossing Trading Post and Museum. During this tour, you can relax and enjoy a tasty Yukon-style lunch, visit one of the most spectacular wildlife museums in North America, and visit a dog musher's camp. The museum's exhibits range from Ice Age specimens to animals more recently introduced into the Yukon. Also included are exotic animals from both the arctic and sub-arctic regions of Alaska and the Yukon, as well as from around the world.
The highlight of this Skagway excursion may be your visit to the mushing camp at Caribou Crossing, where mushers train their dogs for the world's toughest dogsled race, the "Yukon Quest." Your time in the camp includes a 20-minute presentation on the art of mushing, including how they train in the summer without snow, followed by a five to six-minute ride with an experienced dogsled musher over cut trails in a dog cart pulled by racing huskies. There will also be time to play with the puppies, so do not forget your camera. All too soon it is time to begin the approximate two-hour drive back to Skagway.
Please Note: This Skagway cruise tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the U.S. border. All U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada are required to present an original copy of their birth certificate or passport, and a valid government issued driver's license or ID card. People of all other nationalities are required to have a photo I.D., a passport, and visa (if required). Please check for updated customs requirements prior to traveling.
All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Restroom stops will be made on the drive to and from Caribou Crossing; facilities are very basic.
Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions or infants under the age of 20 months.
Very nice. Saw a mother brown bear with 2 cubs crossing the highway right in front of our van. The scenery in Canada was just breathtaking. The dog mushing was very fun. The owners of the dog mushing company should offer the people sitting in the front rows of the cart some plastic to put over their clothes when the trail is muddy as our clothing got spattered with mud. The dogs just kick up the mud from the trail when they are running. Otherwise a great tour.
Reviewer: Charles B Blazier
It was a great tour, Bryan Terrell (our driver) made it interesting and informative, he was helpful and seemed to really like showing us around. The dog compound was great, sled ride lunch everything was great.
Reviewer: Jane Suesskind
This was a really fun trip. Our guide, Bryan Terrell, was so knowledgeable about Skagway and all of the land from there to the Yukon. The scenery was magnificent! The highlight for us was the dogsled ride. Although it was summer training and the sled had wheels and rode on dusty dirt roads, it was so much fun. I highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: eric slack
Had a great time, John was entertaining and funny and very informative. The excursion was very good. Only issue would be more time possibly spent socializing with the dogs at Carcross.
Reviewer: Donna Lynch
We had the best time! Even though we could not go all the way to the end for the BBQ chicken lunch and to the dog mushing area, they were able to make accommodations at another dog mushing camp as well as being able to stop at the Yukon Suspension Bridge and walk around there for an hour or so and a make shift lunch (not all that good) but they tried. We even had a little excitement with a black bear who wandered in.